A Look at 2 Trending Stocks: First Data Corporation (FDC), Gastar Exploration Inc. (GST)

First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC) recently saw its volume around 10.39 million shares and on average it trades 7.72 million shares a day. The opening price of $20.94, led it to gain 2.14% to reach $20.48 upon the closing bell.

First Data Corporation (FDC) Analyst Opinion

First Data Corporation has a consensus outperform rating from 29 Wall Street analysts, and the number of shares currently sold short amount to at least 4.93% of shares outstanding. The stock spiked 3.96% last month and is up 22.56 this year. Wall Street is only getting more bullish on the stock, with 24 of analysts who cover FDC having a buy-equivalent rating. Analysts have placed a $22 price target on First Data Corporation, suggesting a 7.42% gain from recent close. It’s currently trading about -0.49% below its 52-week high.

First Data Corporation Earnings Surprise

First Data Corporation (FDC) surprised the stock market in its last reported earnings when it earned $0.29 a piece versus the consensus-estimated $0.26. Its revenue totaled $1.85 billion down -5.25% from the previous quarter.

First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC) Intraday View

This stock (FDC) is ahead of its 52-week low with 39.02%. Its last month’s stock price volatility remained 2.88% which for the week stands at 2.02%. The share price has moved forward from its 20 days moving average, trading at a distance of 5.25% and stays 16.14% away from its 50 days moving average. Over the last five days, shares have managed 5.08% gains and now is up 18.73% since hitting its 200-day moving average of $16.97. First Data Corporation (FDC) has made its way to a 12-month gain of 9.99%.

Turning to Gastar Exploration Inc. (NYSE:GST), its shares were trading at $0.6 a retreat of $-0.03, on the trading floor. The stock, after opening at $0.63, touched a high of $0.641 before paring much of its gains. So far, analysts are sticking with their neutral recommendations with the consensus call at 2.5. Gastar Exploration Inc. has 0 buy ratings, 3 holds and 0 sells even after the stock tumbled -56.83% from its high of $1.39 to a $136.28 million market value through last close.

Gastar Exploration Inc. (GST) Consensus Price Target

The company’s consensus rating on Reuter’s scale remained unchanged from 2.5 to 2.5 during a month. Analysts set a 12-month price target of $1.06 a share. The target implies a 76.67% spike from where the shares are currently trading. Also, the current price highlights a discount of 141.67% to analysts’ high consensus price target.

Gastar Exploration Inc. (NYSE:GST) Intraday Trading

The counter witnessed a trading volume of 2.74 million shares versus an average volume of 1.01 million shares during last trading session. Its last month’s stock price volatility remained 8.15% which for the week approaches 8.2%. The lowest price the stock reached in the last trading day was $0.5875 and compares with the $0.38 52-week low. The stock recovered 59.87% since its low point and has performed -42.86% year-to-date.

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